ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD – The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is working to promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies by offering tips on travel safety, home safety and healthy eating during the holidays. Tips are available on the “Healthy Moms and Healthy Babies” webpage or by calling 410-222-7223.
- Always use a child car safety seat that is installed correctly and is appropriate for the child’s height and weight. By Maryland law, all children under 8 years old must ride in a car safety seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
- Always provide a safe sleep environment for infants and young children. Infants should never sleep on a chair, sofa or adult bed, or with other people. Infants should be placed on their backs in a crib or portable crib without blankets, stuffed animals or pillows. Remember the ABCs of safe sleeping – Alone, on their Backs, in a safe Crib.
- Closely supervise children at all times when visiting other people’s homes. Make sure that poisons, medicine and household cleaners are secured and out of children’s sight and reach.
- Avoid secondhand smoke, which is especially dangerous for pregnant women and infants.
- Pregnant women and other family members should maintain a healthy diet. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and cook with fat-free or low-fat substitutes.
- Drink plenty of water, 100 percent juice and low-fat milk. Avoid sugary drinks. To avoid foodborne illnesses, check expiration dates on all food. Do not eat foods that have been sitting out more than two hours and use leftovers within four days.
The Department of Health offers free Healthy Pregnancy and Baby Care Kits to Anne Arundel County residents. Kits can be ordered online or by calling 410-222-7223.
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